Top cyclist in coma after heavy fall
30 August 2006, BRUSSELS — Liège cyclist Christophe Brandt was brought into an artificial coma by doctors after falling badly during the Schaal Sel cycling race in Merxem on Tuesday.
30 August 2006
BRUSSELS — Liège cyclist Christophe Brandt was brought into an artificial coma by doctors after falling badly during the Schaal Sel cycling race in Merxem on Tuesday.
Brandt, 29, collided with a traffic signpost during the road race and remained motionless on the ground.
He was rushed to the Jan Palfijn Hospital in Antwerp, where doctors removed a crushed kidney.
Doctors also diagnosed him with a four broken ribs, a ruptured spleen, a punctured lung and a broken arm, newspaper 'Het Gazet van Antwerpen' reported.
When he arrived at the hospital, Brandt was in a life threatening condition because his body had gone into shock due to the heavy internal bleeding.
Doctors performed two operations on him on Tuesday and artificially brought him into a coma. He will be kept in a coma until the end of the week to protect his lungs.
Team Davitamon-Lotto sporting director Marc Sergeant said doctors warned that Brandt will have to undergo a long rehabilitation period, newspaper 'La Libre' reported.
But a doctor has also advised that high-level sporting achievement is still possible with only one kidney.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news